How To Maintain a Goldline/Hayward Pool Valve Actuator


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The GVA-24 Goldline/Hayward Pool Valve Actuator has two O-rings seals on the Actuator's shaft. These O-rings seals should be lubricated once a year. This guide shows you where these O-rings seals are located and how to lubricate them.

Step by Step


Step 1

TURN OFF THE PUMP - Turn off the power to the pump.

Step 2

TURN OFF THE ACTUATOR - Put the toggle switch on the underside of the Actuator in the OFF position. Remember which ON setting your Actuator was set [ON1 or ON2].

Step 3

REMOVE LOCKING KNOB - Unscrew the valve Locking Knob off the top off the Actuator.

Step 4

REMOVE VALVE HANDLE - Lift off the Valve Handle. Note the location of the small tab and slot on the Handle and Shaft. This is how they will line up when you put the Handle back on.

Step 5

REMOVE ACTUATOR OFF VALVE - Unscrew the 4 screws that hold the Actuator on top of the Valve and lift the Actuator off the Diverter Valve.

Step 6

LUBRICATE TOP O-RING - Lightly lubricate around the Actuator Shaft where it enters the Cover. This will provide lubricant to the top O-ring. Use a silicon or teflon based lubricant.

Step 7

REINSTALL HANDLE - Align the Handle tabs with the slots in the Actuator Shaft and slide the Handle onto the Shaft.

Step 8

REPLACE LOCKING KNOB - Screw the Locking Knob back into the Shaft. Only tighten ONE TURN.

Step 9

DISENGAGE THE ACTUATOR GEAR TRAIN - Push down on the Locking Knob to disengage the Gear Train and allow the Handle and Shaft to be moved freely. The bottom of the shaft will protrude from the bottom of the Actuator.

Step 10

LUBRICATE BOTTOM O-RING - Turn the Actuator over and lightly lubricate around the Actuator Shaft where it protrudes from the bottom of the Actuator. This will provide lubricant to the bottom O-ring.

Step 11

SPREAD LUBRICANT - Turn the Handle all the way around to spread the lubricant.

Step 12

RE-ENGAGE THE GEAR TRAIN - Pull up on the Handle and rotate it until it clicks back into place.

Step 13

TIGHTEN LOCKING KNOB - Screw the Locking Knob all the way down.

Step 14

ALIGN ACTUATOR SHAFT WITH VALVE DIVERTER SHAFT - Look at the tabs in the hole on the bottom of the Actuator. Align the smallest tab in the Actuator hole with the smallest slot on the Valve Shaft.

Step 15

SLIDE ON ACTUATOR - Turn the Actuator over and, with it aligned to the Shaft, slide the Actuator onto the Shaft of the Valve.

Step 16

ALIGN ACTUATOR WITH VALVE - If necessary rotate the Actuator so that the holes at the top of the Actuator line up with the holes on the top of the Diverter Valve.

Step 17

SECURE ACTUATOR TO VALVE - Using the four long screws that came with the Actuator (removed above), secure the Actuator to the top of the valve. Do not over tighten.

Step 18

TURN THE ACTUATOR ON - Move the Toggle Switch from OFF to the ON position that the Actuator was originally set [ON1 or ON2].

Step 19

TURN PUMP ON - Switch ON power to the pump.


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 Posted: 1/25/2021 

Good morning, I followed your guidelines on how to lube this valve, however it is still leaking. It drips on one of the setting but it really drips when it opens. Also When I had the actuator off it sounds like there is water inside the actuator... Im thinking the is not good. Any help would be appreciated on what to do next. Thanks Chris

InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 1/25/2021 

The next step would be to replace the gasket since the lube didn't work. The water is in the actuator housing? Does the actuator still work?

 Posted: 12/30/2018 

my pool company lost my locking knob for my gva-24 actuator. How CAN i GET A REPLACEMENT KNOB? tHANKS

InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 1/3/2019 

Hello Leslie - The locking knob and handle is a part of the valve. If you can provide a model or part number off your valve's lid/cover, we could get you the right part.

 Posted: 1/3/2019 

Gva-24. What more do you need?

InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 1/4/2019 

As in my last reply, the GVA24 is just the actuator. The actuator is only the mechanical box that turns the valve. To find the correct model info for your valve, look on the valve's handle, or remove the actuator so you can read the model number off the valve lid. 

InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 6/26/2017 

irishphild - It sounds like the gear train has not been re-engaged. See step 12. See our guide on "How To Troubleshoot a Goldline/Hayward Pool Valve Actuator" for other suggestions.

 Posted: 6/23/2017 

The valve handle continually turns, never stopping. I tried the lubrication steps, but it still turns.